often asked about the best ways to care for Teak
Furniture. Because of the hard and yet forgiving
nature of the timber it will withstand a great deal
of abuse. But it will also repay a little tender
loving care, so you may care to read through this
page and pick up a few hints.
Generally, you can buy our Teak Garden Furniture in
one of two conditions:
Oiled with Teak Oil.
If you buy your furniture fine
sanded it will have only the natural color of the
wood coupled with the raw natural texture of the
teak grain. The untreated timber is a very pleasant
yellowy-brown olive color when still fresh.
If your furniture is to be used indoors, and away
from a lot of natural sunlight, over a period of
time -perhaps six months to a year - the wood will
gradually become a darker shade of brown.
If on the other hand the furniture is left outdoors,
the effects of the suns rays will 'bleach out' the
timbers natural color, gradually turning it a soft
silvery grey color. This silvery grey 'patina' which
develops over time gives Teak Furniture a
distinctive appearance. The silver grey color
resulting from this natural ageing process is
considered to be very attractive, and allows the
furniture to blend in well with many outdoor
environments. Teak furniture left in this state is
easily maintained, and needs no treatment whatsoever
to give many years of service. And this is about as
easy as a maintenance schedule as its possible to
If you buy your furniture
already oiled with teak oil it will have a darker
than normal mid brown color and a soft sheen. Teak
wood is of itself naturally oily and requires no
treatment to be used indoors or outdoors, and the
use of teak oil won't increase the life of the
timber. It does change the color somewhat and it can
also help a little to prevent stains from seeping
into the timber grain. It will slow down the greying
effect caused by ultra violet rays.
To maintain its appearance teak oiled furniture will
need to be re-oiled periodically. If you decide to
re-oil your furniture you can contact us for
supplies of teak oil, or buy from your local
supplier. A basic method for oiling is as follows:
The furniture will need to be cleaned first [see
below] Afterwards ensure that it is nice and dry
before starting to oil. Have a good look around the
furniture first and attend to any areas requiring
sanding before starting work.
You will need some teak oil, a clean 1" or 2" paint
brush, some clean cotton rags, good light and plenty
of space to work in. It can be a little messy so be
sure to wear some overalls, and wearing household
gloves to keep the oil off your hands is a good idea
The oil can be applied with a clean brush, starting
from the top and working downwards. The surface
should be left wet by the brush, but try to avoid
leaving too much surplus oil behind as you work.
After a few minutes - maybe 5 - 15 depending on the
ambient temperature, the oil will start to become
'tacky'. At this point the surface of the furniture
should be wiped down with a clean cotton rag,
carefully removing all surplus oil.
One coat is usually sufficient, but you can apply a
second coat if required, after a minimum of one hour
for the first coat to dry. Once you've completed the
oiling and the surface is touch dry, a second clean
rag can be used to buff up the surface.
Please be sure to dispose of any used rags and
cleaning cloths carefully, and in accordance with
the instructions from the oil manufacturer.
Cleaning Teak Furniture
If your Teak furniture
requires cleaning this can be done with a normal
household bristle brush [not too hard] and some warm
mildly soapy water. Wash down afterwards with clean
water. There are also proprietary cleaners on the
market which can also be used to clean off various
deposits and accumulated dirt and stains.
We do not recommend the use of high pressure hoses,
and steel wool or steel wire brushes should not be
used at all as any residue left in the grain will
rust and discolor the wood.
If the furniture has some stubborn and heavily
ingrained stains these can be removed by sanding
with a fine grade of sandpaper, being sure to work
only with the direction of the timber grain. After
sanding stains away like this, if the furniture was
previously teak oiled you may wish to re-oil, or if
it had previously been left natural, the fresh teak
color exposed by sanding will soon mellow in with
the existing silver grey patina.